This is still unrivaled in its creative energy, its allegorical potency, its genius writing and the sheer force of its whole. The way this film implodes Brazilian politics in the 60's is still 100% contemporary - also the way it magnifies a tragic histrionics that fits so well in our culture. No other film speaks so clearly (with hysterical clarity) about our inner and outer political struggles.
Orgiastic political diatribe on Brazil's trauma of dispossession that haunts revolutionary activism as the 'hour of decision'. Exploding into a universal gospel of alienation, Rocha's trance-like close-ups, Brechtean touches and dreamlike disorienting sequences capture feverishly the magma of effervescence from which utopian constellations arise before solidifying into petty and philistine political mouthpieces.
Dans un pays fictif, "l'Eldorado", maintenu dans la dépendance par les forces internationales du capitalisme, le poète Paulo Martins est partagé entre sa loyauté envers un politicien en place, Dom Porfirio Diaz, et ses aspirations militantes vers les mouvements révolutionnaires ..... A VOIR ! www.cinefiches.com
Entranced Earth, for most of its lenght, depicts the discovery of the characters in a frenetic editing pace, reminiscient-of-Marienbad treatment of space and time and unsettling photography fundled to a time-lapsed, crowning catharsis: a convulsed portrait of the humans beneath the political archetypes.
The trance here is a metaphor for both: convulsion and apathy. As the machine gun bursting through its soundtrack, Rocha fires to every political piece that glues a corrupted system together - one by one. And what a beautiful frontline this is: Entranced Earth combines a cinematic explosion with a point of view, always fearless with those unstoppable cameras and full time carnivals. A brazilian gem to its finest.
Rocha expertly outlines the failings of the political establishment and how, unfortunately, impossible it is to have a true people's revolution in the modern bourgeois world. Visually, the film is stunning and anarchic in its form. A new restoration/release would be greatly appreciated as can't help but think it would only enhance the film's power.
cinematically it is a bomb - photography, composition, sound, acting, everything. it loses something for being politically so descriptive - the dialogues are too much focused on political strategy, rather than actual politics. when the film gets emotional - it happens quite often-, it really hits you.
The film is told in a non-linear fashion, composed of one surreal scene after another in striking black & white. Charaters address the camera with their political dialogue, music starts and stops, rapid editing and hand held shots of people in close up - these elements have been used before and since Entranced Earth, but here it's so fresh, so evocative, so engaging that the film makes for a wholly unique experience.